S-Ateen is a fellowship of young people, ages 12 to 19, who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problems and help others to recover. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of sexaholism in a relative or friend.
How Meetings Are Run
S-Ateen meetings are led by S-Ateen members. To ensure the meeting guidelines and Traditions are followed, there are two adult S-Anon members in each S-Ateen meeting who serve as certified S-Ateen Group Sponsors. They act as guides for the meetings – not as therapists or parent substitutes. The Group Sponsors do not give advice or tell S-Ateen members what to do. They share on the meeting topic from their own point of view and from their experiences when they were teenagers.
S-Ateen uses the S-Ateen Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, adapted from Alcoholics Anonymous, which are suggested for our recovery. Working the S-Ateen program is not easy, but it has rich rewards. You can find serenity and even happiness, whether or not the sexaholic or other family members are in recovery.
There are no dues or fees for S-Ateen membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. We do not discuss religion in our meetings or become involved as a group with any outside organization. Our primary purpose is to recover from the effects upon us of another person’s sexaholism and to help families and friends of sexaholics.
We believe sexaholism is a family disease because it affects all family members emotionally, spiritually, and sometimes physically. We cannot change or control our parents, family members, or friends. We can detach from their problems while continuing to love them and ourselves. By applying the Twelve Steps to ourselves, we begin to grow mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Where Meetings Are Held
S-Ateen meetings are available at International and Regional Conventions, local recovery events, local S-Ateen Groups, and via the S-Ateen Online Community.
Conventions and local recovery events feature recovery, fellowship, and fun for S-Ateens. They benefit from the shared experience, strength and hope gained from one another. S-Ateens are welcome to attend any scheduled S-Anon meetings and open speaker meetings, in addition to the S-Ateen meetings, during local one-day recovery events and Regional and International Conventions.
For S-Ateen meeting locations and upcoming events that include the S-Ateen fellowship, contact the S-Anon World Service Office at 1-800-210-8141 or [email protected]. For more information on how S-Ateen meetings are run, see the pamphlet, “S-Ateen Information about Sponsorship and Meetings“, which is available as a free download from the SIFG Online Store.
What If There is No S-Ateen Meeting in My Area?
- Join the S-Ateen Online Community where you can attend weekly voice meetings. Additionally, you can find a Step Study, access daily meditation readings, weekly topics with open discussion, and connect online with other teenagers whose lives have been affected by the family disease of sexaholism. Although individual stories and situations may differ, how S-Ateen members feel can be very similar. S-Ateen member anonymity is protected.
- Read S-Ateen Conference Approved Literature.
- Attend local Alateen meetings. While Alateen is for teenagers whose lives have been affected by the family disease of alcoholism, S-Ateens also find these meetings to be very helpful and supportive, providing a solid introduction to Twelve Step recovery.
- Attend local S-Anon meetings. As a part of the S-Anon Family Groups, S-Ateen members willing and interested in seeking recovery from the effects of sexaholism are welcome to attend S-Anon meetings.
- Attend local, regional, and international S-Anon/S-Ateen conventions and workshops. Conventions and workshops feature recovery, fellowship, and fun for S-Ateens. They benefit from the shared experience, strength and hope gained from one another. S-Ateens are welcome to attend any scheduled S-Anon meetings, open speaker meetings, in addition to the S-Ateen meetings during local, regional and international conventions and workshops.
- Speak with the Chair of the S-Ateen Committee for the latest S-Ateen information and local meeting availability. The World Service Office will assist you in making this connection.